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Broiler element needs to be replaced

We have Whrilpool model RF362LXSQ and I just purchased replacement part 9757340. How do I replace existing one? Do I cut the wire, splice the wire and simply sodder the wire to replacement part. Do I need anything special with regard to soddering? Thank you.

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Hi, UNPLUG or turn off the breaker. Remove the screws that hold the element in place. Hopefully there is enough wire that you can pull it out far enough. There are screws that hold the wire to the element. Just remove the screws and put the new element in place.
I hope this has helped you. Please let me know if I can assist you further.
Thanks
Vic

Posted on May 23, 2009

  • cataniaperry Sep 05, 2010

    What if the wire is not long enough to poll into the oven to make connection?

  • sandra stewart
    sandra stewart Apr 01, 2014

    it doesnt have screws it is more like rivets, how do i remove them

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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service appliance technician.

First, your broiler is not connected to your oven thermocouple (Temperature sensor). When you turn on your broiler full load amps go into the broiler element with no adjustment.


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Recently, I replace a digital oven control for a friend. Sears wanted $256.00 for the control. I purchased a remanufactured oven control over the internet for $30.00.

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